WINTER STORM WARNING / WIND CHILL WARNING

Wind Chill Warnings remain in effect overnight for wind chills that will remain the minus 20s in spots overnight tonight with slight improvements by Saturday morning

A winter storm warning remains in effect until Friday evening along and northwest of the I-71 corridor.

QUICK WEATHER FORECAST:

  • Tonight: Patchy blowing snow, windy, temps steady near -2
  • Saturday: Blowing flurries, winds slowly relaxing, cold, high 10
  • Christmas Sunday: Mixed clouds, still chilly, high 15
  • Monday: PM Snow Showers, high 22
  • Tuesday: Partly sunny, high 30

FORECAST DISCUSSION:

Good Friday Night,

After our coldest temps since February 24th of 2015 (-11) with lows this morning at -7. In addition we recorded 4.9″ of snow at the airport in Columbus, which is the highest daily total since February 21st of 2015 (6.8″).

Tonight the Winter Storm Warning has been extended until daybreak (7am) on Saturday across our area, and not for the typical winter precip. falling overnight, but because of the snow that has already dropped, the gusty winds, the reduced visibility, and the dangerous wind chills. These are in effect for the counties along I-71 and north and west.

Temps will slowly increase overnight tonight to near 0 by sunrise on Saturday, with winds slowly relaxing, which will allow temps to rise to -20 to -25 by daybreak. The wind chill warning will be replaced by a wind chill advisory for the day on Saturday with below zero wind chills still expected with temps climbing to near 10. We will have some blowing flurries during the morning, with mostly cloudy skies later.

Christmas Sunday will still be one of the coldest on record, with mixed sunshine and highs in the middle teens. A clipper system will slide down for the 2nd half of the day on Monday bringing us some light accumulating snow. Temps will be cool, but better in the lower 20s.

Tuesday expect partly sunny skies and temps up near 30. Things get warmer on Wednesday with highs around 40. We will climb to near 50 on Thursday with mostly cloudy skies, and temps will continue to warm into New Year’s Weekend, with highs in the middle 50s with a chance of showers by Friday.

-Dave